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First Look: Darklords

Introduction

Darklord is an archetype in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, introduced in the Lords of Shining minibox. The deck focuses on sending Darklord Contact and The Sanctified Darklord to the graveyard (GY), allowing Darklord monsters on the field to activate the spells and traps from the GY for the cost of 1000 LP. Certain core cards, such as Darklord Ixchel, allow deep digging into the deck for more setup and combo pieces which sets up the GY while also drawing 2 new cards. Another card like Darklord Superbia allows swarming the field with high-stated monsters to apply pressure onto the opposing field.

With cards like Darklord Ukoback and Darklord Amdusc the deck has a pseudo-search engine, which gives a slight bit of added consistency.


Initial Thoughts

The Darklord archetype can quickly and consistently bring out big monsters, protected with the effects from The Sanctified Darklord and Darklord Tezcatlipoca. The effect to activate Darklord Spell and Trap cards from your GY is a quick play effect, which means you can use it on your opponent's turn in response to their plays. Darklords struggle against heavy backrow decks because they do not have built in spell/trap removal or negation in the current engine. Cards such as Hey, Trunade! and Cosmic Cyclone can slightly mitigate this weakness.


Card Breakdown

The main focus of this guide will be to highlight which cards you absolutely want to get from Lords of Shining, along with some initial thoughts on the Darklords playstyle. The guide will be updated later when there are more results from future competitions.

Core Cards

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ixchel

One of the main openers in the deck. Darklord Ixchel allows you to set up your GY by sending it with another Darklord card to your GY and drawing 2 cards. Darklord Ixchel allows you to send any Darklord card including Darklord Contact, The Sanctified Darklord and Darklord Descent. This monster can copy and use your Darklord Spell/Trap cards from the GY as a Quick Effect.

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Nasten

You need to send 2 other Darklord cards to the GY to summon Darklord Nasten. It gets its value when sending Darklord Superbia and another Darklord card, following up with Darklord Contact to revive it. Another possible combo is to send The Sanctified Darklord to have it set up in the GY and negate your opponent's monster effects, or simply gain some LP by negating your own.

This monster can copy and use your Darklord Spell/Trap cards from the GY as a Quick Effect.

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Superbia

The main extender in your deck. This is the card you want to send with Darklord Ixchel, so you can summon it from your GY with Darklord Contact and summon Ixchel with its own effect.

One thing to keep in mind is Darklord Superbia can miss timing when its effect becomes Chain Link 2. (For example, when you use Darklord Contact from your GY with one of your monster effects, Darklord Superbia will miss timing and you will not be able to special summon another Darklord from your GY.)

Duel Links Card: The%20Sanctified%20Darklord

Its first effect allows you to negate any monster effect on the field. You can activate this card’s effect from the GY by using a Darklord monster which means it cannot be negated by cards like Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En. With The Sanctified Darklord, you can consistently gain LP, which makes it a relevant bonus for this card since applying Darklord monsters’ on-field effects are quite costly.

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Contact

This is the card you will be using to make most of your plays. A small setback is that it summons your monster in DEF position. However, you have cards like Darklord Superbia to summon a second Darklord monster in attack position and establish a board.

This card can only be activated once per turn. (Note: Keyword is “activate”, meaning if the card is negated, and you have another copy in your hand you can still activate it.)


Tech Cards

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Desire

A powerful card. Darklord Desire’s effect sends monsters to the GY instead of destroying them. This effect is powerful because, for example, Six Samurai's have multiple forms of destruction protection but those are bypassed when they are targeted to be sent to the GY instead.

You only need to tribute 1 monster, which makes it fairly easy to summon in this deck. This card is best used as a tech for certain versions of the deck.

After you use Desire's effect and lose the 1000 ATK, you can then use The Sanctified Darklord to negate the -1000 ATK and gain 3000 LP, which makes for a neat combo.

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Morningstar

Usually you do not want too many tribute monsters in your deck, so you likely will not be running this card and Darklord Desire in the same deck. The cost for this one is slightly higher -- you need 2 tributes. However, it allows you to special summon any number of Darklords from your hand/deck equal to the number of effect monsters your opponent controls. Darklord Morningstar cannot be targeted by card effects as long as other Darklord monsters are on the field. This card is best used as a tech for certain versions of the deck.

Darklord Morningstar's second effect is nice to get your GY set up with Darklord Contact and The Sanctified Darklord and gain some LP.

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Tezcatlipoca

Its effect to prevent destruction can be very powerful, but it is not always feasible to keep in your hand and still make your combo plays. Also, there are not a lot of monsters currently that can attack over your Darklords.

This monster can copy and use your Darklord Spell/Trap cards from the GY as a Quick Effect.

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Amdusc

A strong card, but it requires a bit of setup. You need to have the right Darklord cards in your GY (and preferably in your hand) to gain full value from Darklord Amdusc. You will most likely run this with Darklord Ukoback, to add the card you sent to the GY with its effect (for example, Darklord Contact). This allows you to search for necessary cards if your starting hand is non-ideal, which boosts the consistency of the deck. If you also have Darklord Superbia in your hand, you can send it for Darklord Amdusc effect and special summon it with Darklord Contact. This card will most likely be used in combination with Darklord Ukoback in certain versions of this deck.

This monster can copy and use your Darklord Spell/Trap cards from the GY as a Quick Effect.

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ukoback

Mainly a consistency piece. Running it provides you with more options. The main negative point for this card are its low stats. You will likely use it with Darklord Amdusc to search cards. You can send any Darklord card to the GY from your deck, so this card does open up a lot of possibilities. This card will most likely be used in combination with Darklord Amdusc in certain versions of the deck.

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Edeh%20Arae

This card has no value. Its stats are too low, piercing damage will not be a lot. There is no reason to run this card.

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Descent

A bit of an odd card. If you do run this card, you will likely send it with Darklord Ukoback or discard it so you can activate it from the GY and do not have to pay its cost. This could potentially be a nice card in the mirror match, however it is definitely not a core card in the deck.

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Good for monster removal. Can get rid of monster cards you would otherwise have trouble getting over. Also can open up the field for OTK’s or simply disrupt the opponent’s plays.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

The deck itself has no built-in backrow removal, so cards like Cosmic Cyclone can work out well to help make your plays uninterrupted.


Sample Decklist

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Desire
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ixchel
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ixchel
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ixchel
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Superbia
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Superbia
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Nasten
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Nasten
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Nasten
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Amdusc
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ukoback
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ukoback
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Contact
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Contact
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Contact
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: The%20Sanctified%20Darklord
Duel Links Card: The%20Sanctified%20Darklord

Special Thanks

  • AshBlossoms

  • Gregulator

  • Dark Herf


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